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Former Conservative Wall Street Journal Writer Calls Bush Hitler & 911 His Reichstag Fire

Posted in the database on Wednesday, January 04th, 2006 @ 18:43:31 MST (1307 views)
by Greg Szymanski    The Arctic Beacon  

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Paul Craig Roberts is starting the New Year off with his 'pen blazing,' asking whether neo-cons are planning another terrorist attack in 2006.

A former conservative Wall Street Journal columnist and Reagan Cabinet member is again on the warpath against President Bush and his gang of thugs, calling Bush's actions for spying on Americans treasonous and one more reason for a 2006 impeachment of "Hitler in the Oval Office."

A feisty Paul Craig Roberts, a former Asst. Sec. of the Treasury during the Reagan years, is starting off the New Year with his "pen blazing," comparing the Bush administration to the Nazi regime while ending his latest column, called "A Criminal Administration," with the ominous possibility of another huge terrorist attack in 2006 orchestrated by the neo-cons"

"September 11, 2001, played into neoconservative hands exactly as the 1933 Reichstag fire played into Hitler's hands. Fear, hysteria, and national emergency are proven tools of political power grabs. Now that the federal courts are beginning to show some resistance to Bush's claims of power, will another terrorist attack allow the Bush administration to complete its coup?"

And those are mighty harsh words, seemingly coming from the likes of a 1960's radical.

But what makes even more disturbing are the words are coming from the voice of the heartland of America and from a man who, for years, was considered a calming conservative voice, well-respected on Capital Hill and in the right wing media.

So what has happened to America when influential conservatives like Roberts are sounding the alarm and openly calling Bush Hitler? The answer is fascism. And as he points out in his latest Bush critique, all the signposts clearly show we are not far away from that gloomy prediction.

One clear sign, says Roberts, is Bush's reaction and the media's complicity in the recent NSA spying story, where Bush exonerates himself from any wrongdoing by branding the person who leaked the information as "giving aid and comfort to the enemy,"

Adding that this was a similar tactic used by Hitler in Nazi Germany, Roberts made these comparisons in his recent article:

"the Bush administration has defended its illegal activity and set the Justice Department on the trail of the person or persons who informed the New York Times of Bush's violation of law. Note the astounding paradox: The Bush administration is caught red-handed in blatant illegality and responds by trying to arrest the patriot who exposed the administration's illegal behavior.

"Bush has actually declared it treasonous to reveal his illegal behavior! His propagandists, who masquerade as news organizations, have taken up the line: To reveal wrong-doing by the Bush administration is to give aid and comfort to the enemy.

"Compared to Spygate, Watergate was a kindergarten picnic. The Bush administration's lies, felonies, and illegalities have revealed it to be a criminal administration with a police state mentality and police state methods. Now Bush and his attorney general have gone the final step and declared Bush to be above the law. Bush aggressively mimics Hitler's claim that defense of the realm entitles him to ignore the rule of law."

Besides Roberts' harsh words, what hurts even more than Bush's flaunting of the law, is the mainstream media's willingness to give the him a free ride, allowing obvious criminality to be swept under the journalistic rug, covering the NSA spying story like a second-rate dog and pony show.

Roberts then goes on to logically point out how Bush's actions resemble Hitler since there was no real necessity for him to bypass the established internal mechanisms for obtaining sensitive and secretive national security warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA).

Under FISA and its secret FISA court, Bush already has the power to spy on suspected terrorist suspects without doing it under the table through the Pentagon or the NSA. The act also permits Bush and his cronies to even spy first and obtain a warrant later if time is of the essence.

So Roberts then asks the provocative question: Why would Bush totally ignore the law and the FISA court?

"It is certainly not because the court in its three decades of existence was uncooperative. According to attorney Martin Garbus (New York Observer, 12-28-05), the secret court has issued more warrants than all federal district judges combined, only once denying a warrant," said Roberts.

"Why, then, has the administration created another scandal for itself on top of the WMD, torture, hurricane, and illegal detention scandals?

He then goes on to further illustrate two possible reasons:

"One reason is that the Bush administration is being used to concentrate power in the executive. The old conservative movement, which honors the separation of powers, has been swept away. Its place has been taken by a neoconservative movement that worships executive power.

"The other reason is that the Bush administration could not go to the FISA secret court for warrants because it was not spying for legitimate reasons and, therefore, had to keep the court in the dark about its activities."

"What might these illegitimate reasons be? Could it be that the Bush administration used the spy apparatus of the U.S. government in order to influence the outcome of the presidential election?"

In closing, Roberts draws some chilling analogies among Nixon, Clinton and Bush, saying the former Presidents wrongdoings bringing impeachment hearings, pale in comparison.

Asking why the federal courts and Congress haven't properly addressed the Bush Administration crimes, he fears the system may already have been so corrupted that democracy, freedom and the American system of checks and balances are already a thing of the past.

"Why is the Justice Department investigating the leak of Bush's illegal activity instead of the illegal activity committed by Bush? Is the purpose to stonewall Congress' investigation of Bush's illegal spying?" said Roberts. By announcing a Justice Department investigation, the Bush administration positions itself to decline to respond to Congress on the grounds that it would compromise its own investigation into national security matters.

"What will the federal courts do? When Hitler challenged the German judicial system, it collapsed and accepted that Hitler was the law. Hitler's claims were based on nothing but his claims, just as the claim for extra-legal power for Bush is based on nothing but memos written by his political appointees.

"The Bush administration, backed by the neoconservative Federalist Society, has brought the separation of powers, the foundation of our political system, to crisis. The Federalist Society, an organization of Republican lawyers, favors more "energy in the executive." Distrustful of Congress and the American people, the Federalist Society never fails to support rulings that concentrate power in the executive branch of government. It is a paradox that conservative foundations and individuals have poured money for 23 years into an organization that is inimical to the separation of powers, the foundation of our constitutional system."



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